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Lawmakers raise alarm after wave of Philly shootings

June 17, 2019
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The scene of a graduation party Monday, June 17, 2019 where a gunman opened fire Sunday evening, at Paschall Playground in Southwest Philadelphia. (Jessica Griffin/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP )

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawmakers from Philadelphia are calling on state and city officials to stem a rising tide of gun violence that included a fatal shooting at a graduation party.

The members of Pennsylvania’s Legislature are asking for a stronger police presence on the street, collaboration among top state and city offices and emergency measures from Mayor Jim Kenney. They also are calling for legislation to reduce the availability of firearms.

It’s not yet known what sparked the Sunday night graduation party shooting that authorities say left a 24-year-old man dead and five people wounded.

The shooter remained at large Monday.

The homicide count in Philadelphia before Monday stood at 152, 13% higher than at the same point last year. Philadelphia recorded 349 homicides in 2018, the highest number in over a decade.

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This story has been corrected to show that five people were wounded, not seven.

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